Bradenton is home to one of the world’s biggest celebrities.
After all, how many famous personalities can boast a length of nine feet 8 inches, a weight of 1190 pounds and a girth of 89 inches?
I’m talking about Manatee County’s official mascot, Snooty, a 64-year-old charmer. He’s not only the oldest known manatee in the world, but a renowned steward for endangered species and the environment.
And you’re invited to his birthday bash!
Splash over to the South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium to celebrate Snooty's 65th birthday and promote the arts and wildlife awareness July 20, 2013, 10 a.m. --2 p.m. The party will be held in the Spanish Plaza in front of the Museum, and is free.
The celebration will feature children's games, art activities, free cookies and drinks for the children, a display of Snooty's birthday cards submitted for the card contest, plus much more. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Besides enjoying the party with your gang, you can snag reduced admission prices all day to the Museum, Aquarium and Planetarium. The prices are: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65 and over), $6 for children ages four to 12; children under four years old are free with a paying adult.
The South Florida Museum is located at 201 10th Street West in Downtown Bradenton. For more information, call 941-746-4131.
If you’re not going to be in Bradenton this July, but want to attend the bash, don’t get your flippers in snit. Visitors around the country—or around the globe—can join in the celebration online. From 11:55 a.m. until 12:10 p.m., you can find a link on this page to view a live-cast of the event. Don’t miss the best part; Museum staff, volunteers and event attendees will sing “happy birthday” to Snooty at noon.